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International Consultant in distributed energy systems (energy cooperatives).

Chisinau (Moldova)

  • Organization: UNDP - United Nations Development Programme
  • Location: Chisinau (Moldova)
  • Grade: International Consultant - Internationally recruited Contractors Agreement - Consultancy
  • Occupational Groups:
    • Renewable Energy sector
  • Closing Date: 2019-11-01

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The dramatic decrease of specific technologies such as wind and solar power in past 8 years and similar plummeting in costs for storage technologies, EU started to rethink its energy and climate change goals by focusing more on decentralized energy systems, small scale local production and consumption, digitalization of energy services, decarbonized energy mix and citizenship empowerment with the benefits of the transition to a cleaner energy future.  The EU document that encapsulates all these changes and will determine the EU energy strategic directions by 2030 is called “EU Clean Energy Package” and is expected to enter in force by 2020. Win-win situations could be identified for Moldova to profit from these changes.

The Republic of Moldova is poorly endowed with conventional energy resources, and highly dependent on imported energy. 

Renewable energy could be one solution to tackle the energy challenges of Moldova. In this regard, Moldova committed to reach a binding target of 17% of energy from renewable sources in gross final energy consumption by 2020. By 2018 this target has been already achieved. The main source of energy that allowed Moldova to achieve its commitments relates to biomass. A significant contribution in this regard was brought by the project of UNDP “Energy and biomass” and financed by EU between the years of 2011 – 2018. This suggests that Moldova could start thinking, planning and committing to more ambitious goals by 2030.

In this respect, energy cooperatives could have a transformative impact on the whole Moldovan power sector. The main implications in the case of an energy cooperative would be to create a source of local development, energy self-sufficiency, potentially smaller energy bills. The impact would be less energy imports, less debts and more local production, transparency, and control over energy resources.

For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.

Duties and Responsibilities

The overall scope of the assignment is to investigate the best practices of innovative business models focused on distributed energy systems in Czechia and West European countries and test the best ways to replicate them in Moldova.

The specific objective of the assignment is to investigate the energy policy, regulatory and energy market landscape in Moldova in order to pilot and harness the benefits of energy cooperatives in the country.

The international consultant could be supported by a national consultant that will assist him during field visits in Moldova, collection and analysis of information, interaction with national institutions and local communities, meetings with energy market participants and other donors active in the energy sector of Moldova.

For detailed information, please refer to Annex 1 – Terms of Reference.


  • Good analytical and problem-solving skills and the related ability for adaptive management with prompt action on the conclusion and recommendations coming out from the assignment;
  • Ability and demonstrated success to work in a team, to effectively organize it, and to motivate its members and other project counterparts to effectively work towards the project’s objective and expected outcomes;
  • Excellent communication, analytical, facilitation and presentation skills;
  • Excellent computer literacy (Word, Excel, Internet, Power Point).

Language skills

  • Proficiency (verbal and written) in English; working level of Romanian and/or Russian will be an asset.

Required Skills and Experience

Academic qualifications:

  • At least a master’s degree in power engineering, energy systems, energy economics, energy management or other related fields.


  • At least seven (7) years of professional experience in the energy industry, consulting services, research, design of decentralized or distributed energy systems and/or other related fields;
  • At list three (3) years of experience in the international state-of-the-art approaches and best practices in distributed energy systems, modelling, policy design.
  • Previous working experience from the Czechia and /or EU in terms of a specific track record of cooperation with institutions and bodies responsible for public policies in the field of energy.
  • Demonstrated experience and success in the engagement of and working with the private sector and local communities on tasks related to distributed energy systems.
  • Proven experience in cooperation with international organizations or other bodies responsible for formulating smart urban development, at least three (3) similar assignments; previous working experience with UNDP or other international agencies will be an asset;
  • Experience with Eastern European countries will be an asset;

Additional documentation can be found at:

UNDP is committed to achieving workforce diversity in terms of gender, nationality and culture. Individuals from minority groups, indigenous groups and persons with disabilities are equally encouraged to apply. All applications will be treated with the strictest confidence. UNDP does not tolerate sexual exploitation and abuse, any kind of harassment, including sexual harassment, and discrimination. All selected candidates will, therefore, undergo rigorous reference and background checks.
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